Monday, November 24, 2008

Alcohol News - week 47/2008

The Associated Press (UK) - British may ban 'happy hour' as drink deaths rise

Britain is considering a ban on "happy hour" discounts at bars and restaurants to curb drinking, a spokesman said Saturday, as health advocates warned that a rise in liver-related deaths among young people may signal a future epidemic.

ABC Online (Australia) - Public health group angered by alcopop tax loophole

The head of the Public Health Association says he is appalled alcoholic drink makers are using a loophole to avoid paying the 70 per cent tax hike on pre-mixed drinks.

YLE News (Finland) - Study Forecasts a Decline in Finnish Alcohol Consumption

Finnish alcohol consumption appears to be finally levelling off. A study by the University of Kuopio's Fin-Drink research project has found that based on 40 years of historical data and consumption in other countries, Finns could soon start kicking the drinking habit.

WTOL (USA) - With worsening economy, some turn to alcohol to ease worries

The struggling economy is certainly changing the way we live, but for many, finding a way to escape the bad news is becoming more important. (Norway) – No hangover - «Drink more!»

Alcohol-free drinks should have a higher status so that society's pressure to drink alcohol is lessened," says the Salvation Army.«%3BDrink_more»%3B.html

Manila Standard Today (Philippines) - Recto says he prefers ad valorem tax on cigarettes, alcohol products

The chief of the National Economic and Development Authority prefers the revival of the ad valorem tax, instead of the imposition of specific tax on cigarettes and alcohol products, to instill fairness in the excise tax scheme for sin products.

Courier Mail (Australia) - Experts push for bans on alcohol advertising

THE Rudd Government will be pressured to ban alcohol advertising because the industry has failed to regulate itself, a marketing expert says.,23739,24695823-953,00.html

Science Daily - Exploring The Health And Protective Benefits Of Light To Moderate Alcohol Consumption

"I want to emphasize that none of the researchers on this roundtable panel recommends moderate alcohol consumption as a tried-and-true way of reducing the risks of heart disease or cognitive decline," said Collins.

MarketWatch - Sex, Lies and Other Alcohol-Fueled 'Bad Behavior'

From sexual antics with co-workers to acts of violence and embarrassing text messages, alcohol fuels a number of "bad behaviors" at workplace and family holiday parties, according to a new study commissioned by Caron Treatment Centers, one of the nation's leading non-profit addiction treatment centers.

Ivanhoe - The Genetics of Alcohol Abuse

DNA plays a role in the amount of alcohol you drink, researchers say. Among alcohol-dependent (AD) individuals, DNA variations in the brain’s serotonergic system influence drinking intensity. Specifically the serotonin transporter gene (SLC6A4) contributes to a person’s inclination to drink.

Cherokee Phoenix (USA) - Alcohol causes 12 percent of Native deaths

Almost 12 percent of the deaths among Native Americans and Alaska Natives are alcohol-related – more than three times the percentage in the general population, a federal report states.

MSN Money UK - Are you a risky drinker?

There are at least eight million 'risky drinkers' in the UK, yet many of them will have no idea that their drinking is unhealthy at all. As the party season approaches, we take a look at what constitutes risky drinking and how to avoid the pitfalls.

The Ranger (USA) - USA Today: Half of America's college students abuse drugs, drink alcohol

In an article dated March 15, 2007, USA Today reported "nearly half of America's 5.4 million full-time college students abuse drugs or drink alcohol on binges at least once a month." That article was based on a study by the National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University. - Alcohol sports sponsorship 'fuels binge drinking'

Speaking in response to a study that showed a link between alcohol sponsorship and heavy drinking, Professor Ian Gilmore, president of the Royal College of Physicians, called for a debate on whether such deals should be banned.

WalesOnline (Wales) - Police chief’s alcohol warning

WALES’ police officers are busy dealing with alcohol-fuelled murders and domestic violence rather than attending emergency call-outs, the chief constable of Wales’ largest police force said yesterday.

Scotsman (Scotland) - Police chief attacks middle-class parents who let children drink

PARENTS who allow their children to get drunk in the family home are "beyond irresponsible" and "failing in their duty of care", says one of Scotland's most senior police officers.

Associated Press (Finland) - Finland to hike alcohol tax by 10 percent

Finland's government said it will hike the tax on alcohol by 10 percent next year in an attempt to discourage heavy drinking.

Hürriyet (Turkey) - Alcohol tax changes on the horizon

The Ministry of Finance is set to change the how it implements the private consumption tax, or ÖTV, on alcoholic beverages.


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alcoholweekly said...

Hi Matt!
I added your link. It really amazes how people are making the same stupid choices all over this world. I liked the Our Mission section of your webpage. Keep on with this broken record.